Why you should totally wait to buy Apple's new HomePod

Why you should totally wait to buy Apple's new HomePod

Why you should totally wait to buy Apple's new HomePod

The above three factor will likely affect HomePod's sales despite the huge awareness of Apple, thus TrendForce forecasts that Amazon will still continue to dominate the smart speaker market in 2018.

"Good luck with your Homepod launch Apple".

You can control HomePod from your iPhone, though iOS doesn't make it especially easy.

Apple has revealed that it will cost $279 to fix or replace a damaged HomePod if the device is out of warranty.

Likewise, The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern said that "HomePod nails the speaker but struggles at smart".

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When combined with household smart devices - like smart power switches, lights, air-conditioning and heating - users can also program Siri to automatically use a range of devices upon a single command. "Siri is sorely lacking in capabilities compared with Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant".

The $350 speaker, however, has quirks, like any Apple product. If you ask for something generic - like "Hey Siri, play a cat podcast" - you'll get whatever the closest existing podcast title there is to that request, but not some curated examples based on that theme.

The HomePod, which was released today, costs $349. But if you want a useful smart assistant as well as the freedom to use whatever service you want, it's best to walk on by.

Besides Apple Music ($9.99 per month), you can have Siri play music you've purchased through iTunes, but unless you also subscribe to iTunes Match ($24.99 a year), not the songs in your library that you may have ripped off CDs way back when or imported from some other source. For starters, it's not very smart - at least not as smart as, say, Alexa or Google Assistant. Dwight Silverman, Technology editor, Houston Chronicle said that Apple's updates on Siri have lobotomized it. With many speakers and sound systems, there is a zone of perfection. Google is already known for being able to answer nearly any question and help you get from A to B. Microsoft products can be found in nearly every workplace. Whether you need a current stock price, seek the result of a calculation, wish to set a reminder or record a task, or must send a message, the HomePod can help you perform all those tasks hands-free. "Siri doesn't even work as well on HomePod as it does on the iPhone". Another question: are there enough people out there willing to pay that much more for better sound? And any software makers that are allowed into Apple's walled garden have to custom develop their products for the underlying Apple platform but can't even deploy them across all devices.

Voice recognition is obviously critical in any Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home comparison, and it will be disappointing for potential Apple consumers that Siri is somewhat behind the other two intelligent operating systems here as well. "Not even Siri can answer whether that will be possible".

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